Inter knocked out after being held at home by PSV Eindhoven
Inter Milan were knocked out of the Champions League after they could only manage a 1-1 draw at home to Group B’s bottom club PSV Eindhoven on Tuesday to finish third behind Tottenham Hotspur.
Inter would have qualified with a win but, on a fraught night at San Siro, finished level on eight points with Tottenham who squeezed through after drawing 1-1 away to Barcelona due to their better head-to-head record over the Italians.
PSV, with only one point from their first five games, took a shock lead in the 13th minute when Hirving Lozano headed home after Kwadwo Asamoah lost possession in defence.
In a match which Inter coach Luciano Spalletti described as the most important of his 18 months at the club, the visitors then survived incessant Inter pressure until Mauro Icardi headed in from Matteo Politano’s cross in the 73rd minute.
Inter were twice close to snatching a win in stoppage time, first when Icardi had the ball taken off his toe by a brilliant last-ditch tackle and then when substitute Lautaro Martinez headed over Ivan Perisic’s cross from an unmarked position.
Despite their dominance, Inter were often nervous and careless and looked strangely subdued immediately after Tottenham’s late equaliser was announced in the stadium.
REUTERS/Reporting by Brian Homewood; Editing by Toby Davis